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Mist Trail in Yosemite Closing

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–One of the most popular trails in Yosemite Valley, the Mist Trail, is getting some work done. Crews will be making repairs and improvements to the trail and stone staircases to allow for safe passage and to prevent resource damage from off-trail traffic.

The Lower Mist Trail – from the John Muir Trail (JMT) junction, just uphill from the Vernal Fall Footbridge, to the top of Vernal Fall – will be closed during the following times and dates:

– Monday through Thursday between 6:30 am and 4:00 pm from August 29 through
September 23
– Monday through Friday between 6:30 am and 4:00 pm from September 26 through
November 4

The trail will remain open on weekends.

Mist Trail

The trail is expected to be open overnight, however, there may be certain days when the trail crew is not able to make it safe to open overnight. In that case, the gates will remain closed, and signs will be posted at the two closure gates that the trail is closed.

Hikers and backpackers headed to Half Dome, Clouds Rest, and points beyond from the trailhead at Happy Isles may hike uphill on the Mist Trail if they reach the Mist Trail/JMT junction by 6:30 am, Monday through Friday. Otherwise, they must hike up the JMT (approximately 1 1-miles longer).

Monday through Friday, hikers, and backpackers traveling downhill/returning to the trailhead are encouraged to use the JMT to descend since it will not be possible to change the sign at the trail junction at the Nevada Fall restroom anytime the Mist Trail needs to remain closed overnight.

Vernal and Nevada Fall will remain accessible via a detour. The John Muir Trail will remain open, providing access (via the Clark Point cutoff trail) to Vernal Fall and via either the upper portion of the Mist Trail or the John Muir Trail to Nevada Fall.

Updates on trail conditions can be found at https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

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